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Factsheet for measure IT-2020-11/1495 – measures in Italy
, applies locally
|Time period||Temporary, 09 March 2020 – 30 April 2020|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Anna Mori (University of Milan)|
|Measure added||28 November 2020 (updated 27 January 2021)|
During the worst phases of the first COVID-19 total lockdown in Italy, the CEO of the pasta manufacturing plant with its same name Giovanni Rana launched an extraordinary plan for wage increases. The extraordinary plan of wage increases for €2 million was conceived as a special recognition for the work commitment of the 700 employees working in the five plants in Italy, who guaranteed continuity in food supplies during the pandemic emergency.
The extraordinary plan of investment of the company, amounting to €2 million, was allocated to the 700 employees working in the five establishments in Italy. The extraordinary plan was applied starting from the 9 March 2020 and covered also the month of April 2020. It provided for a 25% wage increase for each day worked by each employee and an extraordinary monthly ticket of €400 covering the babysitting costs. Furthermore, the company has activated an insurance policy in favor of the whole personnel, including the workers in smart working, in the event of contagion from COVID-19, to supplement the health and safety measures already implemented, as according to the national legislation.
The extraordinary plan covered the 700 employees working in the five Giovanni Rana establishments in Italy.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The social partners had no role in designing, implementing and monitoring phases of the measure. It represents a unilateral decision adopted by the management of the company, represented by its CEO Giovanni Rana.
Despite the fact that the social partners had no role in designing, implementing and monitoring phases of the extraordinary plan, their view is expected to be fully supportive. The plan not only strengthened the health and safety measures for the workers, but importantly it allocated financial resources devoted to reward the personnel working during the COVID-19 emergency phases.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Food processing, wood working, garment and other craft and related trades workers|
Eurofound (2020), Giovanni Rana: Extraordinary plan of wage increases in pasta manufacturing company, measure IT-2020-11/1495 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IT-2020-11_1495.html
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